Eating Disorders

  • John P. Foreyt
  • G. Ken Goodrick


The disorders of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are referred to as eating disorders because the most observable symptoms involve pathological binging, purging, and self-starvation. These disorders may develop as the result of developmental processes that cause the patient to place undue importance on physical appearance as a way to obtain love and to feel in control. The emphasis on appearance is part of our modern culture and is often reinforced by parents, especially mothers. The need to obtain love may have been exaggerated by the patient having been a member of a rigid or nondemonstrative family. The need for control may have been exaggerated by the emphasis on control in a rigid family or by the inability to control other aspects of life due to a dysfunctional family.


Body Image Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Foreyt
    • 1
  • G. Ken Goodrick
    • 1
  1. 1.Nutrition Research ClinicBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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